Ioneer supports policies at the state level that will accelerate the growth of a Nevada based electric vehicle supply chain.
Under the leadership of Governor Sisolak, Nevada has continued to show a bi-partisan commitment to climate leadership by supporting the development and deployment of renewable energy resources and technologies.
In June 2020, Governor Sisolak announced the Clean Cars Nevada initiative that is directed to provide Nevadans with more choices for low and zero emission electric passenger cars and trucks through regulatory and legislative actions. Ioneer is a proud member of the Nevada Clean Cars Coalition – a group of Nevada businesses and organizations that have joined together to advocate for increased clean car standards.
In December 2020, the State released a comprehensive climate change action plan to help curb emissions across Nevada. The first of these policies that is being considered by the state is to increase the availability of zero and low-emission vehicles in Nevada by requiring manufacturers to offer a minimum amount of ZEV and LEVs as a percentage of their overall fleet.
For the State to be successful in meeting its mandated greenhouse gas reduction targets and to fully realize benefits from the Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program and the Nevada Electric Highway initiative, lithium-ion batteries are essential for displacing the US fossil-fuel burning transportation fleet. A local electric battery supply chain is also essential for economic diversification and the creation of long-lasting, good paying jobs in rural areas.
Governor Sisolak announced during his Annual State of the State Address in January 2021 that he will work along with legislators to pass an energy bill to reaffirm the state’s commitment a “new energy economy”. This legislation with help to attract and develop a variety of new industries including electric vehicle infrastructure, component manufacturing, and lithium mining noting that Nevada has the most accessible lithium reserves in North America.